Seguin Island Light Georgetown Reviews
Seguin Island Light Sep 24, 2009
Seguin Island Light is a landmark Maine beacon for several reasons. Sitting two miles into the ocean at the mouth of the highly trafficked Kennebec River, Seguin Island was an obvious choice to station a guiding light. Not surprisingly, one of the earliest lighthouses in Maine was originally built here in 1795, commissioned by George Washington. The original tower was wooden and replaced by stone around 1821, rebuilt once more in 1857 (that’s the one standing here today, and it still uses the Fresnel Lens installed back in 1857). Seguin juts prominently out of the water and although the tower isn’t enormous, Seguin Light sits 180-feet above mean sea level, also placing near the top for all lighthouses on the East Coast of the US.
Caretakers continue to reside on Seguin from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year and folks are encouraged to visit. There is no charge to stop and toss your anchor, and if you catch the caretaker they will escort you into the tower for a free tour. Due to its height, another attraction of Seguin is the tremendous views offered of the Maine Shoreline (you can often glimpse Mt. Washington in New Hampshire and Monhegan Island).
To reach Seguin, several boats offer charter service out to the island and my best advice is to visit the Friends of Seguin Island Lighthouse website ---> www.seguinisland.org/index.htm.
Here you will find great information for planning your visit. They even have an office and store in Bath (207-443-4808, 2ND floor of 72 Front Street, Suite 3, open Mon-Thu 10A-3P). Your best resource to check out one of Maine’s classic lighthouses!
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